I absolutely can not believe that I move into college in 17 days. It seems like I was just getting my acceptance letter and just graduating high school. Being a first generation college student I am basically doing this blindly, I have read countless posts and watched videos on how to prepare for college so here are some things I have been doing to get prepared.
College involves so many things I never really had any prior knowledge about. For example I never knew how to take out loans which I just had to do. I started reading more into it and looking at the best way’s to plan payment for loans so I am not so far in debt I can’t function. Right now I am paying about $600 a month which is very expensive, be prepared to have to spend a lot. I have had a job since the day I turned 16 and have been saving up ever since, you want to start saving now so things come easier later.
I have never been one to be organized so this is definitely a hard thing for me to do. I have purchased a planner to help keep me organized throughout school as well as set up my google calendar and programmed my classes, important events and reminders to blog. This has helped me visualize my week and what my weeks are going to look like once I start college. Taking 15 credits I want to make sure I stay organized and block out time for things like studying and homework so I can stay on track.
I have recently began looking into what organizations and clubs I would maybe like to join. It is important to get involved because it is a good way to make friends and connections that will be helpful in the future. There is a club or organization for just about anything and joining is easy and fun. You can look up the different organizations your college has on their website and see what will fit you best.
I have been making lists of what I need to purchase as well as packing lists. This is essential so move-in day goes as smoothly as possible. Figure out what dorm things you need, school supplies and more importantly textbooks! You want to make sure you have everything you need so you don’t stress out last minute because you forgot this or don’t have it. Look into what classes require textbooks and how much they are going to cost in the long run.
Last of all it is important to start getting excited about going to college! It is a huge accomplishment and you should be proud you are going. Get some college merch to show off your school spirit and plan on going to different sporting events to support your school. It is normal to feel nervous, I know I am. But more importantly be excited for the changes and friendships college is going to bring you!
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